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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A blizzardhit Fairbanks, Alaska on Friday, but the blizzard was inside the Carlson Centernot outside. A sell-out crowd of 4,300 plus in white was on hand for the firstgame of the best-of-three series between the Nanooks and â€Â˜Cats.  The â€Â˜Catsscored a goal in the first period and added two more in the second period forthe 3-0 lead after two periods of play to make a clearing in the blizzard. NMUheld on for the win by a score of 3-1.  â€ÂœIt is a long series and we are notgoing to get too high,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœI would not tell you that we lookedfresh.â€Â


With the win the â€Â˜Cats took the 1-0 lead in the series andare now 19-14-4 on the season.  UAF drops to 16-18-1.  The two teams will playagain on Saturday night.  With a win on Saturday the â€Â˜Cats will be on their wayto Detroit, Mich. for the CCHA Super Six, a loss and the two teams will playthe third and deciding game on Sunday afternoon.  â€ÂœI was proud of our guysâ€Â™effort.  We have to get better tomorrow and potentially on Sunday,â€Â Kyle added.


Patrick Murphy gave the â€Â˜Cats the early 1-0 lead at 13:01 of the opening period and took the crowd out of the game.  â€ÂœIt was not the nicest ofall goals, but we would take it,â€Â Murphy said.  â€ÂœIt was a playoff goal and wewere just fortunate to get it.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Bobby Selden and Matt Hunter assisted on thegoal.  NMU struck twice in the second period to take a step closer to Detroit. Jamie Milam made the score 2-0 with a goal at 12:50.  Dirk Southern was givencredit with the helper.  David Bonk made it 3-0 with his third goal of theseason at 15:34.  Murphy and Hunter both picked up their second point on thenight with the assist.  The Nanooks got on the board with a goal at 4:05 of the third period for the final margin.


Tuomas Tarkki playing in the place of Craig Kowalski had 39saves on the night.  â€ÂœThis is my first playoff game,â€Â Tarkki said.  â€ÂœIt isalways nice to get a win in a playoff game. Especially when you come to Fairbanksthe crowd is amazing.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  Preston McKay for UAF had 23 saves for the game.  TheNanooks had the upper stick in the shots category with 40 to 26 for NMU. Neither team scored on the power play on Friday as the â€Â˜Cats were 0-2 and theNanooks were 0-5.


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Dave Faiella
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